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Things that make you go hmmm.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Does anyone recognize this set of numbers and letters?
See comment for the answer.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Interesting dates and times

Do you ever notice dates or times of the day that have something peculiar or interesting about them? I'll give you a couple of examples. It seems like I am always looking at the clock when it is 12:34. Both am and pm. For awhile, it would seem like I would frequently wake up at night and look over at my alarm clock and it would be 12:34. What would really be wild is to look at the clock right at 12:34 on May 6, 2007. 12:34, 05/06/07.
I always thought it would stink to be born on the last day of February when it is leap year. Maybe worse than having a Feb. 29th birthday would be to have June 6th as your birthday. That is, this year anyway. 06/06/06.
I know someone close that has their birthday on November 11th. In five years, he will celebrate on 11/11/11.
Do you have any other examples like these?

Friday, January 20, 2006


M! What does it spell?
See comments.



Thursday, January 19, 2006



Wednesday, January 18, 2006



Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Tumblin' Tumbleweeds

We have been having some pretty high winds recently and where we live there is an abundance of tumbleweeds that always gather along our fence. This picture isn't of our fence, just a typical example of a tumbleweed caught in a fence. We actually have a "traditional" cedar wood fence, but I made the mistake of placing our fence line further back than our neighbors on both sides, so invariably all the tumbleweeds end up on our property.

What would you do with this excess of dried up moving vegetation? I'm not talking about a few like the one in the picture. I'm talking about 20 that size and about 20 that are 2 to 3 times that big. You are allowed to burn tumbleweeds that blow onto your property, but we live in a neighborhood and no real place to do this on our lot. There are way too many to fill up our trash can (one of the bigger ones would be all I could stuff in there).

So what do you do, you ask. Well, a larger street runs behind our back yard and I usually end up throwing all of them over the fence I'm sure to end up down the road to get stuck in somebody else's fence. I know that sounds bad, but what would you do? Actually, they will most likely end up in an open field down the way or up against a farmer's fence both of which I figure the owners are more capable of handling than we are. Hey, where would they end up if our house and fence weren't there to catch them. So really I am just freeing them up to continue on their tumbling journey. However, they could end up hitting a car or get blown into our neighbors' yards. And if there is no wind for awhile after I throw them over, they could just sit there behind our house along the road which is a real eye-sore. I actually heard a coworker say that when he had this trouble he loaded them into the back of his pickup and drove around until they all emptied out. Sure wouldn't want to pull up behind him. Now that sounds worse than tossing them over the fence, doesn't it? Besides, I don't have a pickup. : ) This overload of wind blown dead flora can do some damage too. Awhile back, my work had to repair a section of chainlink fence that was knocked over due to an overabundance of these rolling nuisances. So, I'm sure after work I had better get out and starting tossing before my fence is pushed over.

Friday, January 06, 2006

It's time for Keith Jackson to retire... again!

I was definitely disappointed when I heard that Keith Jackson announced his retirement as a play by play sportscaster for college football after the 1998 season. I mean he is an icon for college football with his classic "Whoa Nellie!" and "Fum-BLE!" and my fav "AL-a-BAMA". Then all of a sudden, there he is again the very next fall annoncing again. What's up with that anyway? But after his recent performance announcing the Rose Bowl on Wednesday night, I think it is definitely time for him to retire again and this time for good before he ruins his reputation. He did a terrible job missing huge plays, not saying anything when something needed to be said, and getting several things wrong. I think it is just because he is too old at 77 to be right on top of things as a play by play announcer. Actually, there are plenty of other sportscasters that are way worse that should hang it up too. But anyway, his performance or lack thereof couldn't take away from the awesome game that night. Hook 'em Horns. I am only sorta jumpin on the bandwagon here as UT hasn't always been my favorite team or anything, although I have never had anything against them. But now I can say I am a Longhorn fan as I have been rooting for them all year, and I have several connections to UT as we used to live in Austin, we have family that lives there now, and I also have a nephew that goes there.